In Japan, the nightmare of immigrant workers who become pregnant

When Vanessa, a Filipino “technical trainee” in Japan, told her employers she was pregnant, they first suggested she have an abortion and then pressured her to stop, she says, which is unusual for participants in the program .

Known as “technical internships”, the Japanese system, which employed around 275,000 workers from countries such as China and Vietnam at the end of 2021, aims to give foreign participants experience in a field useful to them in their country.

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